James de Hauteville, 47, hurled his wife through her hair salon window as their six-year-old daughter begged him to stop, a court heard
An estranged husband hurled his wife through her hair salon window as their six-year-old daughter begged him to stop, a court heard.
James de Hauteville, 47, allegedly flew into a rage when salon owner Winsome de Hauteville asked him whether he had found a place to live.
De Hauteville grabbed her by the neck and repeatedly smashed her head into a sofa at Semone Lennon Hair in Wood Green, north London, the Old Bailey heard.
He then threw her through the front window, it was said.
Mrs de Hauteville suffered a 7cm gash to her right arm during the attack on September 6 last year and was left covered in blood.
However she has refused to give evidence against him in court.
‘I don’t condone what happened but I will not be testifying against my husband,’ she told jurors at the Old Bailey.
‘My husband had a mental breakdown and I think his mental health needs to be looked at.
Mrs de Hauteville said their marriage had broken down and her husband had spent the week before the incident living at his sister’s.
De Hauteville picked up his daughter from school and dropped her off at the salon before having a heated conversation with his wife.
The court was told how he became angry when Mrs de Hauteville inquired as to where he was living and whether he had the paperwork to get a house.
He left but returned to the salon shortly afterwards. He then picked up a barbershop chair and launched it against a mirror.
Customer Rose Galugbo told the court: ‘The man came and dropped off a young girl from school.
‘He and my hairdresser [Mrs de Hauteville] had a short conversation and he left.
‘The man came back without speaking to anyone swearing and flipped the table before smashing up the shelving and swearing more.
‘He picked up the barbershop chair, which is a heavy chair, and threw it at the mirror.
‘At that point the woman [Mrs de Hauteville] came back in the salon and asked what he was doing.
‘He grabbed her by the neck, called her a “f***ing bitch” and shook her.
‘He swung her round into the sofa and punched her in face and his daughter was shouting “Daddy stop, no daddy no.”
‘He had her by the scruff of the neck and he picked her up and threw her through the window causing it to smash and a ‘pap’ sound.
‘Her arms were bleeding. She had blood running all down her arm and she was crying.’
De Hauteville then fled the scene but was arrested the next day.
Prosecutor Babatunde Alabi said: ‘He deliberately threw her through the window. He intended to cause her serious harm when he did so.’
De Hauteville, formerly of Wood Green, but now living in Reading, denies unlawful wounding.
The trial continues.
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